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This claim by school board trustee Sheila Jackson is so ridiculous and just another example of how inept the board is that they are now going to investigate her claim.

The only way a principal could possibly recruit a number of students significant enough to affect the schools Title I number is by making a presentation about a special program that might exist at the school. The district has allowed, sanctioned and given its support to a variety of special programs and encourages parents to send their children to schools with programs the parent(s) think(s) would suit and be beneficial for their child(ren).

This is the parental choice that so many are advocating.

More dumbfounding is how they could get rid of said students once they have used them in their poverty count. The teachers would have to be a part of this nefarious plot. I just cannot see an administer telling the teachers, either overtly or subliminally, to treat those students in a manner that would encourage them to leave.

That being said, once a student withdraws from any school, the district computer system should be programmed to notify all special programs that the student is a part of. If the computer system and/or employees who operate it are not capable of this, it should be standard procedure for the secretary/registrar to notify the appropriate departments.

Let’s hope the state takes over so a complete reorganization can take place.

Writer Diana Hearn lives in Scripps Ranch.

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